The NIC is conducting a new innovation prize, for ideas on how to deliver a world-class road network in the UK ready for connected and autonomous vehicles: Roads for the Future.

The UK is among world-leaders in developing connected and autonomous vehicles, with the first such cars already being tested. But as the technology improves and progresses, the country’s road network will need to adapt to ensure the country can make the most of this opportunity.

This new competition, run in conjunction with Highways England and Innovate UK, launched on 15 January, with entrants asked to consider issues such as road design, traffic management and how the rules of the road may need to be adapted to take account of this new technology.

Full details of the Roads for the Future competition can be found here.

By the close of the deadline for applications on 7 March 2018 the Commission had received 81 entries. These will be independently assessed against the scoring criteria and shortlisted entries will then be judged by an expert jury drawn from Government and industry. The winners will be given funding to further develop their ideas and offered the chance to have their ideas tested.